The 10 Best Kitchen Knives

Updated January 24, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

10 Best Kitchen Knives
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We spent 41 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Whether you are a professional chef on the lookout for a new set of instruments or a home cook wanting a set of blades that will last a lifetime, our selection of kitchen knives, ranked by value, ergonomics, edge retention, and aesthetics, will have just what you need. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best kitchen knife on Amazon.

10. Kyocera Revolution

All of the knives in the Kyocera Revolution have a unique zirconium oxide blade, which will never alter the taste of food and translates to superior edge retention and easy slicing. Unfortunately, it doesn't include a wide variety of blades.
  • lifetime replacement warranty
  • complimentary factory resharpening
  • doesn't come with a storage block
Brand Kyocera
Model SET3PCKNIFE
Weight 15.2 ounces
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

9. Farberware Classic

The Farberware Classic features six resin-coated blades that food just slides off as you slice, making precise cuts easier and prep work less messy. Their brightly colored blades and handles give any kitchen a whimsical feel.
  • easy to quickly identify
  • ergonomically curved handles
  • not very durable
Brand Farberware
Model 5085418
Weight 2.5 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

8. Ross Henery Eclipse

The Ross Henery Eclipse has that high end stainless steel look of the more expensive and well-known Global knives, but costs hundreds of dollars less. It comes with an organized zip-up case, which is perfect for traveling as well as compact home storage.
  • includes a carving knife and fork
  • hand sharpened edges
  • must be hand washed
Brand Ross Henery Professiona
Model pending
Weight 5.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. Calphalon Contemporary

The Calphalon Contemporary comes with a unique block that actually sharpens the blades every time you slide them back into place, effectively eliminating the hassle and danger of dull knives. They are made of non-staining, forged German steel.
  • fit comfortably in the hand
  • labeled end caps
  • steak knives are stamped steel
Brand Calphalon
Model 1922971
Weight 12.4 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Victorinox Forschner Classic

The Victorinox Forschner Classic combines industry-leading performance with the convenience of a swiveling, solid walnut block that will save you counter space. The blades have a tapered edge that allows for quick resharpening.
  • conveniently dishwasher safe
  • crafted in switzerland
  • elegant reflective mirrored finish
Brand Victorinox
Model pending
Weight 9.2 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

5. Mercer Culinary Genesis

The Mercer Culinary Genesis is designed for the discerning cooking enthusiast who wants performance, but won't settle for the boring, traditional knife block. It features a highly durable tempered glass storage base that lets you see your knives for quick selection.
  • single-piece forged german steel
  • hold their edge for a long time
  • santoprene handles won't break down
Brand Mercer Culinary
Model M20000
Weight 8.4 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

4. Forged Premio

Henckels makes everything from home use knives to commercial grade chef's knives. Their Forged Premio falls firmly in the middle of their line. They are well made and can last a lifetime, but don't cost an arm and a leg, making them perfect for the average consumer.
  • available as a 9 or 18-piece set
  • triple-riveted handles
  • attractive logo on the end caps
Brand Henckels
Model 16934-000
Weight 10 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

3. Wusthof Classic 7-piece

The Wusthof Classic 7-piece is a beautiful set of chef quality knives that comes with a striking Acacia wood, ultra-slim block that you'll be happy to put out on display. The range of blades was smartly chosen, as each is ideal for different cutting techniques.
  • large bolsters for safety
  • full tang construction
  • includes a pair of kitchen shears
Brand Wüsthof
Model 8901-1BL
Weight 6.8 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Chicago Cutlery Fusion

The Chicago Cutlery Fusion is a great value with 16 knives, including eight steak knives, a block, and a sharpening steel, all for less than $100. This is a consumer grade set, though, and doesn't have the heft and balance most of the higher end options have.
  • don't take long to resharpen
  • look more expensive than they are
  • black nonslip cushion grip handles
Brand Chicago Cutlery
Model 1119644
Weight 14.4 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Global G-835/WS

If you have a modern kitchen with a lot of stainless steel appliances, you are going to want the Global G-835/WS. All of the knives are perfectly balanced to prevent hand fatigue, have a dimpled handle for a secure grip, and arrive with razor-like sharpness.
  • japanese ground point blades
  • no crevices to trap food
  • stain-resistant chromium steel
Brand Global
Model G835/WS
Weight 6.1 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

Over The Edge: On Knives And Peanut Butter

There's something unwieldy about trying to capture and spread peanut butter with a sharp knife. It doesn't quite cut it, metaphorically speaking.

I often use a paring knife to cut small slices of apple for myself before applying some peanut butter to them and eating them. It's a nice, healthy snack, but it's far easier to use a dedicated butter knife for the peanut butter than to try to use the paring knife.

What it comes down to is this: that the shape and sharpness of your knife will change its purpose. Try to cut bread with a chef's knife if you don't believe me. Then cut it with a bread knife. See the difference?

While the chef's knife can easily crack through the crust of a good loaf of bread, it's gummy interior sticks to the blade and is pushed down onto the cutting board, resulting in crushed, sad-looking slices.

The serrations on a bread knife, and its scallops if it's a good one, will grip the bread's gooey center at the knife's edge, and release that same doughy center at the sides of the blade, allowing for a nice clean cut.

Not only is having the right knife for the job essential, it is equally important that your knives are extremely sharp. Many people are scared of razor-sharp kitchen knives, but experienced chef's know that nothing is more dangerous than a dull knife. With a dull knife, the user tends to push with more pressure, often resulting in slips and serious cuts. Sharper knives mean less pressure and better control.

Can You Have Too Many Knives?

Picking the perfect knife set isn't the kind of thing over which you should necessarily lose a lot of sleep. If you pick the right set for your current needs and skill level, you can let it grow with you.

Here's what I mean:

The first thing you need to evaluate are your needs in the kitchen. If you're making simple meals for which you really only need to chop, mince, and dice your ingredients, you can get away with a smaller set until you expand your skills.

Of course, if you know the areas into which you want to make some culinary forays, like working with whole fish for which you'd need a good fillet knife, for example, you can look at your knife set as an investment in your future needs.

Some of our top kitchen knives also come with a large number of steak knives. If you don't need to feed more than a small handful of people, eight steak knives might be overkill. That is, unless you're like every roommate I've ever had, and you have a strange aversion to washing silverware.

Should brand names matter to you? While it is always important to invest in a quality, trustworthy brand, especially when buying an item that has the potential to be dangerous if it breaks, as long as you buy one that is quality made with forged steel, you should be fine. Just figure out whether you want a set that you can grow into, or one that will grow right along side you as you continue to purchase more knives to fill it out.

Oldowan Tools From Our Ancient Ancestors

Depending on your religious beliefs, Oldowan may have one or another meaning to you. If your belief system clashes with the theory of evolution, the idea that there were human ancestors using crude stone tools 2.6 million years ago won't hold a lot of sway.

If you do jive with evolution, then that's where you'd look to see the first use of knives in human history.

If you're a Jedi, however, Oldowan is probably the name of a planet in a galaxy far, far away.

But we're here to talk about knives, and these simple stone tools were actually manufactured to be sharper than any old rock you'd find lying around Tanzania (where the tools originated).

Early hominids used larger stones to fracture the rocks that they'd use as choppers or scrapers. It took a couple million years for us to get around to using metals instead of rocks, through the Bronze Age and into modernity.

Globally, the Iron Age was marked by the development of extraordinarily sharp implements, including the swords of medieval Europe, Persia, and the far east, and the knives we use even today.

The first knives were much smaller versions of these blades, and were commonly carried by individuals, as much as eating tools as anything else. Nowadays, they're common enough that we can afford to leave them behind in our kitchens, and rarely do we need to kill or skin anything on our commute to the office.



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Last updated on January 24, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.


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